by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 7, 2005 – Charles B. “Charlie” Moore, a professor emeritus of atmospheric physics at New Mexico Tech, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
One of the few honors that AGU confers, Fellowship is awarded to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more of the various branches of geophysics. The number of Fellows elected each year is limited by the AGU to no more than one-tenth of one percent of its membership, which comprises more than 41,000 scientists from about 130 countries.
Among his numerous scientific accomplishments in a research career which spans almost 60 years, Moore believes it was his recent work on improving configurations of lightning rods first developed by Benjamin Franklin that gained him the international attention of the AGU.
“I was quite surprised to find out about this award just a few days ago,” Moore relates. “It was something that was totally unexpected.”
In 1997, Moore was named the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award for his
pioneering work in using free-flight, high-altitude balloons for scientific research.
Moore also has made significant contributions in the investigations of fundamental theories of lightning and other atmospheric electricity activity during his long association with New Mexico Tech and the university’s internationally recognized research facility for lightning and cloud physics studies, the Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research.
He served as chairman of Langmuir Lab from 1968 to 1986.
Moore and his other recently elected AGU Fellows will be officially presented with their certificates and awards on May 25, during the annual AGU Joint Assembly in New Orleans.